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Linesman proposes to fellow referee's assistant on pitch before kick-off

It would take a heart of stone not to be moved by seeing Marius Matica pop the prematch question.

The Romanian fourth division clash between CA Oradea and CS Diosig got off to an unorthodox start at the weekend when two of the match officials got engaged to one another.

Assistant referee Marius Matica, 22, sprang a surprise proposal on girlfriend Gyorgi Duma, 20, as the two officials lined up for the pre-match formalities.

The decision went to VAR but thankfully the call was eventually accepted by a shocked Duma as both sets of players and the fans in the stand applauded.

According to local reports, the couple have been together for almost three years and both work as linesmen/women for CJA, a local sport authority in Bihor, north-western Romania.

"I did not expect it," Gyorgi told Bihor Online. "It was an extraordinarily pleasant surprise."

How thoroughly lovely.


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